Law firm welcomes 'overdue' measures to speed up eviction process for trouble tenants | Knutsford Times

Law firm welcomes ‘overdue’ measures to speed up eviction process for trouble tenants

By on January 12, 2011

Knutsford law firm Mace & Jones has welcomed plans announced today (Tuesday) to give social landlords more rights to evict nuisance tenants.

The firm said government plans to introduce a new “mandatory ground for possession”, allowing councils to evict anti-social tenants more quickly, was long overdue.

Simon Murphy, Mace & Jones’ Housing Management partner, has been a strong advocate for the eviction system to be speeded up.

He said: “This has been a problem for landlords for too long, and I understand the frustration felt, where there is a clear case of anti-social behaviour or non payment of rent. The Rebalancing the Law campaign, which was launched last year, was aimed at highlighting the problems within the eviction process. The campaign showed the strong feeling across the country that the time was right to stand up for landlords”.

“The current eviction system through the courts can be painfully drawn out and can last for up to year or longer, leaving anti-social tenants to cause more misery for communities”.

“Mace & Jones welcomes the new measures announced by the Government and we will continue to work alongside social and private landlords to protect their rights. When these new powers come into force landlords will be able to breathe more easily, as can communities that have been blighted by nightmare neighbours.”

Housing Minister Grant Shapps announced the plans on Tuesday, saying that he wanted landlords to use “the full range of powers at their disposal” to tackle problem tenants head on.

Mr Shapps added that he will be setting aside £300,000 to fund the cost of a team of officials to help tenants and landlords to tackle anti-social neighbours.

Mr Murphy said that private landlords still need to be aware of the potential issues they face when bringing in new tenants, in order to prepare for the worst.

“The law needs to give landlords greater rights of access,” he said. “Under current law it is illegal for a landlord to enter a property without permission of the tenant; however, there should be a caveat in the case of problem tenants which gives landlords more rights in these cases.

“Also, around one third of landlords have been faced with arrears in the last 12 months and there is a certain lack of confidence in the market. However, with the right legal guidance and common sense there is still a good return on investment to be made with buy-to-let.”

For further information on Mace & Jones’ Dispute Resolution services contact: Simon Murphy at Simon.murphy@maceandjones.co.uk or call Knutsford: 01565 634234.

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